Published on: Jul 05, 2019

I am Njerae; a singer-songwriter, a storyteller and a self taught rhythm guitarist. I am a Sauti Academy graduate and a psychology student at the University of Nairobi.

Which famous musicians have you learned from

I try as much as possible to listen to all genres of music. I believe this way i am able to learn much more as every sing artist has their own way of singing certain notes and phrasing certain words. My all time favorites though are Jhene Aiko, Drake, Rihanna and Sauti Sol.

What was the inspiration for the first song you wrote/ or piece of
music you put together?
The first song i every wrote is called Hope. I wrote it back in 2012. The song is basically inspired by the story of Joseph Kony, the leader of the LRA in Uganda. At the time everyone was talking about Joseph Kony but I felt like my peers did not really understand what these young children were really going through, so i wrote the song in the form of a story about a young boy who was abducted and turned into a child soldier.

Describe your first moment on stage, what feeling did you get, were
you nervous
The first time I performed by myself on stage was at a school arts competition. I was very nervous and in the back of my mind i knew that i was definitely not going to win because of my nerves. However, i got on the stage and everything changed. I felt like i put on this mask and no one could tell what i was really feeling except for what i allowed them to see from the song. To my surprise, i actually won two awards and from then on i knew that on the stage, you can be whoever you want to be.

What are your fondest musical memories?
I started singing at the Kenya Music Festival and between 2003 and 2012 that’s basically all i ever did. My fondest musical memories would have to be the trips i would take with my peers to KMF. We all sort of learned each other in a new way, made new friends and new memories that would last a lifetime.

 Do you have any gigs we should look out for?
I have several small gigs that i perform at; you can keep yourself updated if you follow my instagram @Njerae.